Sunday, July 13, 2008

Things are looking up.....

I so appreciate all the messages posted here and through e-mail sending
support and prayers for our family and in particular our son.

The good news is he is doing much better. It seems his problems have
been drug induced/aggravated. He has been taking massive amounts of
meds since brain surgery last summer.

He was able to get a diagnosis on his seizures while at Swedish Hospital in Denver
10 days ago. Actually it was more of a "we know it's not this" diagnosis. Swedish
has EEG/Video Camera monitoring capabilities which told us that his numerous
seizures (15-20 a day) were not orginating in the brain. There seems to be some
disagreement about what is causing them.

Since the seizures are not orginating in the brain, all of the meds can be discontinued
as they only work on seizures originating in the brain. Too bad we couldn't have
figured this out right after would have saved a whole lot of heartache.

The meds are working their way out of his body now and he is really like a new person.
Hubby took him and our grandson for an outing yesterday and said he was doing great.
There have been no seizures since Wednesday.

There is a lesson here....know what is being put in your body by the medical profession.
I certainly believe in a better life through chemistry, but the very drugs that are supposed
to help our quality of life can also be sooooooo destructive. I think doctors are very overworked and stressed, just like most of society today. You become a chart rather than a patient and it's so easy to prescribe a drug and hope it works.

Again, thank you all for your support.


Regina said...

Cyndi, so glad to hear good news. I also believe modern medicine has made the quality of life so much better, but we do need to be vigilant. A few years ago I met a woman who had severe back pain after a fall. We were both doing aquatic therapy & her pain was so evident that I would forget my own & pray for her as I worked through my routine. Eventually she saw a different doctor during a hospital stay when her usual doc wasn't available. He "happened" to know about a recent study that showed a very small percentage of people whose pain is INCREASED by the strong narcotic med she was taking. They weaned her off it while hospitalized, but she felt MUCH better after a very uncomfortable week.
Hoping & praying the source of your son's seizures is determined soon. xo

Katherine Tyrrell said...

So sorry to hear about all the trials that your son and his family have been going through.

I do sympathise with your view about making sure you know all you can about the medication you take.

My very best wishes to you and yours for everything improving in the future.

Susan Carlin said...

I'm so glad things are looking up for your son. You must've been so afraid for him. Overmedication does so much harm and I'm glad he's on the other side now.

Rebecca (& Family) said...

Hi Cindy - I'm so glad to hear the news about your son. You and your family are in out thoughts.

All best wishes.